Ancient DNA shows first farmers in South-East Asia migrated from China 4,500 years ago – Science News

Ancient DNA shows first farmers in South-East Asia migrated from China 4,500 years ago – Science News

Scraps of DNA thousands of years old have given archaeologists the “smoking gun” they need to show the first farmers in South-East Asia were migrants from south China. key points Key points: The onset of South-East Asian agriculture 4,000 to 4,500 years ago coincided with production of tools and pottery …

WHO urged to act to eliminate ancient virus HTLV-1 found in Australia

WHO urged to act to eliminate ancient virus HTLV-1 found in Australia

Posted May 11, 2018 08:35:44 Photo: About 5,000 adults are estimated to have HTLV-1 in Australia, but most don’t know they carry it. (ABC News: Bridget Brennan) Related Story: Virus related to HIV dates back 9,000 years, still affecting thousands of Australians Scientists and doctors from around the globe are …

Ancient cave reveals secrets of technological innovation in the Stone Age

Ancient cave reveals secrets of technological innovation in the Stone Age

Posted May 10, 2018 15:49:45 Archaeologists exploring an enormous cave in Kenya have discovered some of the oldest examples of technological innovation by humans, beginning more than 60,000 years ago. Thousands of items have been unearthed, including red crayons that are 48,000 years old and decorated beads made from sea …

Ancient butchered rhino suggests humans lived in the Philippines 700,000 years ago – Science News

Ancient butchered rhino suggests humans lived in the Philippines 700,000 years ago – Science News

Early humans called the Philippines home as far back as 700,000 years ago — and it appears they had an appetite for rhinoceros, according to newly discovered fossils. key points Key points: Stone tools and animal remains, including a nearly a complete ancient rhino skeleton, were found on the island …

How to hunt a giant sloth, according to ancient human footprints

How to hunt a giant sloth, according to ancient human footprints

By Matthew Bennett, Katie Thompson and Sally Reynolds Updated April 27, 2018 11:30:05 Photo: An artist’s impression of the fight between the a giant sloth and humans at what is now White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, United States. (Supplied: Alex McClelland, Bournemouth University) Rearing on its hind legs, …

Ancient virus lurking in remote Australia, affecting thousands of Aboriginal adults

Ancient virus lurking in remote Australia, affecting thousands of Aboriginal adults

Posted April 24, 2018 04:51:35 Photo: Dr Lloyd Einsiedel and researcher Joel Liddle said a public health response to HTLV-1 required more research. (ABC News: Tom Hancock) In a brightly lit lab in the outback town of Alice Springs, researchers have been inspecting vials of blood infected with an ancient …

Anzac graffiti ‘from the end of the world’ unearthed in ancient French cave city

Anzac graffiti ‘from the end of the world’ unearthed in ancient French cave city

Posted April 23, 2018 08:44:09 External Link: Diggers’ century-old graffiti found in Naours underground city Related Story: Digger’s relatives head to France to see school named after him Related Story: Diggers’ relatives rejoice as wind farm near WWI battlefield canned A heavy wooden door opens onto a long flight of …

Ancient Aboriginal patch burning helping understand fire impact on Tasmanian landscape

Ancient Aboriginal patch burning helping understand fire impact on Tasmanian landscape

Posted April 18, 2018 20:07:29 Photo: Researchers are studying what happens to biodiversity after bushfires. (ABC News: Carla Howarth) Related Story: ‘Ecological burns’ bolster growth in rare plant species Tasmania’s Aboriginal community is working with a Midlands farmer on a research project using ancient fire methods as an alternative to …

Mirrors flash the message of reconciliation across an ancient land

Mirrors flash the message of reconciliation across an ancient land

Posted April 16, 2018 15:48:12 Photo: Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group Chairman Kim Leevers holds a mirror to reflect the sun for the annual mirror flash. (ABC Illawarra: Sean O’Brien) Every autumn in the Southern Highlands of NSW a group gathers on top of a hill, known as the Gibbergunyah, to make …